Title: Meditation: Monday, March 24, 2003

The Catholic Calendar for Monday, March 24, 2003
    The Third Week of Lent

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
    2 Kings 5:1-15
    Psalm 42:2-3;43:3-4
    Luke 4:24-30

A reflection on today's Sacred Scripture:

In today's gospel Jesus refers to the story of Naaman, a metaphor
explained in great detail in today's first reading from the Second
Book of Kings. At first, Naaman was insulted when asked to wash in
Israel's Jordan River. Yet Naaman, a gentile, was cured while many
lepers in Israel remained uncured.

Jesus revealed himself as Messiah and Savior, not only for the Jews,
but also for the gentiles and for all humanity. We know this, but the
Jews didn't accept that. Instead, in their pride, they were angered
and smarted at Jesus' reminder of the story of Naaman.

It is important for us to remember that Jesus came to make eternal
life possible for everyone. From these scriptures, we should be
encouraged to be obedient to God's voice, to do good when faced with
the possibility of doing the selfish alternative: to commit a sin.

Let us draw from the faith, the power and the salvation that God has
brought us -- to transform our hearts now and always.

              If today you hear his voice,
                   harden not your hearts.
(Ps. 95:8)

- Joachim, ocds

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